(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter One
Yāmuna Bhāvāvalī (The Ecstasies of  Yāmunācārya)


Song Seven
The Liberated Mind Can See the Lord

hari he
māyā-baddha jata kṣaṇa          thāke to’ jībera mana
joḍa mājhe kore bicāraṇa
parabyoma jñāna-moya          tāhe taba sthiti hoya
mana nāhi pāya daraśana

Oh my dear Lord Hari! So long as the minds of the jīvas are conditioned by māyā, they simply wander about and loiter within the world of dead matter. However, You are permanently situated in the spiritual skies of Vaikuṇṭha and Goloka, which the material mind has no capacity for perceiving at all.

bhakti-kṛpā-khargāghāte       joḍa-bandha cheda tā’te
jaya mana prakṛtira pāra
tomāra sundara rūpa      here’ taba aparūpa
joḍa-bastu koroye dhik-kāra

 By the causeless mercy of the sharp sword of pure devotional service, all bondage to matter is severed, and the mind can then travel far beyond the dull material energy. Then, upon beholding Your wonderfully beautiful form, one has no other choice but to condemn all inferior things which are simply made of matter.

ananta bibhūti jāńra         jini doyā pārābāra
sei prabhu jībera īśwara
e bhaktibinoda dīna      sadā śuddha-bhakti-hīna
śuddha-bhakti māge nirantara

Thus, by devotion one is enabled to see the Supreme Lord Who is the Master of all souls, Who possesses unlimited transcendental opulences, and Who is an ocean of compassion. This most fallen Bhaktivinoda, who is always bereft of pure devotional service, now begs ceaselessly for this type of staunch, unalloyed devotion.

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